About the Project

The ZooTrophy Animal-a-Day project began on October 15th, 2013 as illustrator Angela "LemurKat" Oliver began working her way, systematically but selectively, through the alphabet and presenting, via social media, an illustrated animal to the world. Daily.

All pieces are drawn as 2.5 x 3.5 inch collectible cards, using a combination of polychromos and prismacolor pencils, along with other art materials. Many are still available for purchase ($10) or trade, so drop her an email if anything captures your eye or if there is an animal you wish to request.

It is predicted this project will take her at least two years to complete - with approximately 36 animals being drawn for each letter. She has also used the images to create a collectible hardback encyclopedia series, playing cards and a desk calendar, as well as the ZooTrophy collectible trading card game.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Creature Feature #410: Leaf Beetle

The Leaf Beetles are a huge Family of beetles, containing over 30,000 species and with many representatives across an array of Genera. Their preferred diet is leaves, and some species - like this Lily Leaf Beetle - are considered pests. The Lily Leaf Beetle is native to parts of Asia and Europe. It was introduced to North America in the 1940s, probably through the importation of plant bulbs. It is the larvae that are the most destructive, moving along the leaf of their lily host and devouring the rest of the plant. They then burrow into the ground to pupate and hatch out as adult beetles.

And here's an unidentified species of Leaf Beetle that I drew first, because it was rather pretty.

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